Celebrity event planner Meg Stepanek shares her favorite Vail wedding venues
Set in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Vail is known as one of the most iconic places to say “I do,” as few other destinations compare to its breathtaking views and world-class service. Each summer and fall, Vail hosts hundreds of weddings at a variety of venues with guests who travel from all over the world to witness ceremonies with spectacular settings.
Vail provides a truly unique setting for destination weddings and allows brides to be worry-free with services available from full event planning to day-of event support and everything in between. For example, celebrity event planner Meg Stepanek of Gemini Event Planning is recognized for her ability to design spectacular, one-of-a-kind weddings throughout the Vail Valley and offers customized wedding packages and services. Following are Stepanek’s top picks for wedding venues in Vail.
Piney River Ranch:  Backed up against the stunning Gore Range, Piney River Ranch’s remoteness is nothing short of perfection for the bride seeking an intimate setting. From early summer to late fall, the logging road opens and provides access to the ranch for hikers, overnight guests and weddings. “Nothing beats the alpenglow and high alpine setting of Piney River Ranch,” said Stepanek. “It’s likely that the moose who frequent the ranch may steal the show only for a moment to offer a unique picture for the bride and groom.”

Vail’s Wedding Deck “This is a mountaintop wedding amphitheater featuring the bride, groom and 360 degrees of Colorado’s majestic peaks,” noted Stepanek. With seating for nearly 180 people, Vail’s Wedding Deck is located at the top of the mountain, only a short walk from the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. The wedding deck is available late June through early September and provides easy access to the villages where world-class lodging, dining, events and activities await.
The 10th:  “The quintessential experience for a destination wedding in Vail wouldn’t be complete without a romantic gondola ride, incredible fare and a well-appointed venue, which is why The 10th is perfect for larger parties,” said Stepanek. Situated at the heart of Vail Mountain, The 10th is Vail's newest on-mountain fine dining restaurant overlooking the Gore Range.  The 10th's cuisine is world-class with a focus on modern alpine classics.  From the beautiful interior decor and breathtaking exterior views to the delectable dishes and high-quality service, The 10th is the perfect place to tie the knot.
The Arabelle at Vail Square: “This venue provides a fresh approach to wedding receptions as clients have the ability to design their space and create a unique ambience in the heart of charming Lionshead Village,” Stepanek shared. With wedding planners on site to help with everything from choosing a location to picking flowers, arranging guest transportation and setting up equipment, The Arrabelle at Vail Square is a perfect option for those seeking a luxury wedding venue complete with a grand ballroom and on-site lodging.
The Future of Vail Golf Club: “Beginning fall 2015, the Vail Golf Clubhouse will undergo a major renovation,” added Stepanek. “The renovated building will be situated in such a way that the Gore Range will be an amazing backdrop for rehearsal dinners, receptions and weddings.” Anticipated to open fall 2016, the facility will accommodate up to 160 people for events. The golf course also provides a unique ceremony site – the Golf Club Island. Nestled in the Vail Golf Course, adjacent to the 18th hole and surrounded by the White River National Forest, this venue provides a one-of-a-kind setting with the Gore Range in the background. The Golf Club Island will be available for ceremonies during the renovation of the clubhouse.
Summer outdoor wedding venues in and around Vail are generally available June through early October. For additional information on weddings in Vail, please visit www.vail.com.
About Vail
There’s no place like Vail for year-round recreation, outdoor pursuits and cultural activities in the heart of the Rockies. Located just two hours west of Denver, Vail’s fresh air, rugged beauty and charming pedestrian village await guests. Discover a quaint mountain town where outdoor activities abound and the performing arts flourish. Matching the incredible winter mountain experience, Vail from May through October is characterized by a rich culinary scene, family activities, a world-class events schedule and everything in between. This summer guests can experience events like the new Vail Summer Bluegrass Series, GoPro Mountain Games, Vail Jazz Festival, the Vail International Festival of Dance, BRAVO! Vail, Gourmet on Gore culinary festival and much more. Vail offers a diverse range of lodging options from luxury brands to boutique hotels, condominiums and vacation rentals. For more information on a Vail vacation, please visit www.vail.com.
About Gemini Event Planning
Renowned event planner Meg Stepanek is recognized for her ability to design spectacular, one-of-a-kind weddings. Her exquisite attention to detail, distinct style and outstanding reputation has made her the top and most sought after wedding planner in the Vail Valley. Using her insight and expert knowledge from years of catering and conference service management at Beaver Creek for Vail Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch and the Lodge at Vail, Stepanek created Gemini Event Planning in 2003. With more than 20 years of experience coordinating destination weddings in the Vail Valley, she can successfully transform the ordinary to extraordinary. Specializing in comprehensive, high-end wedding planning, Stepanek has a flair for pairing her clients with the perfect vendors to create an unforgettable Colorado weekend. Each event is distinctive, timeless and memorable - not only for the couple, but also for friends and family. Stepanek’s commitment and passion ensures each wedding, whether big or small, emanates the feelings of warmth and intimacy. Her goal is simple - realize and share the couple’s distinctive vision to create a mood with signature elements unique to their day. She and her colleagues manage every detail, so couples can truly experience their wedding weekend and remember the best day of their lives. For more information, please visit www.geminieventplanning.com.
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